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Yesterday, I took time away from most things that busy my day (the blog, the social media, etc and etc), and really began to think about what I’m really, really passionate about as it relates to my career and calling in life … my work. Majority of that time was spent, quietly, in prayer, writing, reading and just taking time away from breaking news, social media and consistent busyness.

Over and over again, I could feel the pull of writing, cartooning and storytelling.

Journalism is merely a small piece of that reality. And yet, it is one that is so important to consider.

When I’m not busy with a barrage of news stories, interviewing, writing and editing, I’m often working on my sci-fi fictional writing, short stories, blogs, and my comic strips. As of late, I have not taken the time to actually work on those stories and have only recently began to get back to blogging. That’s my fault.

I was glad to be reminded … to just take time away and just get away from all of the noise of the world … and really hear what is tugging at my heart.

Each time, I’m reminded of my childhood. I’m reminded of my ongoing imagination playing storyline after storyline of ideas, characters, concepts and more. Sometimes, if I’m not careful, I slip into that same thought pattern, coming up with stories and thinking about the plots of my current work more and more.

I do it so much, it feels like those characters in my middle-grade novels and comics I’m writing and creating are my kids. One, because a bit of myself is in each of them and then two, my wife said that they are my kids. And she’s right.

She then told me this:

“Finish your stories … if not for yourself … for me!” – Rachel Lyons

THAT motivates me. And Rachel is right!

 

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IMG_0623It was at age 13 that I received my first journal as a gift from my Mother.

I wasn’t sure what I would actually write about or if I would even bother journaling in the first place. But, the minute I put a pen to that paper, I was hooked. I was able to release a TON of thoughts and concerns and anxieties that I had as I sojourned through what was essentially an awkwardly yet successfully survived and blessed boyhood.

Even though I do love the digital touch of blogging, for me, theirs something about writing in a journal that really capstones my experience as a writer.

Therapeutic

I needed this growing up. As a kid, I would often visit the school counselor like I was a modern day Charlie Brown. But, journaling did something similar for me. I really found myself being able to release junk that was floating in my mind and on my heart onto paper. I’m not going to lie, it felt weird sometimes being THAT honest with myself. But, I knew that I could be. I had the space, the privacy and the resources to be able to just be real on paper. It also helped that the journal I had at age 13 had a lock on it that was so efficient that the NSA couldn’t get to it.

Tracking My Progress

As a Christian, as a man and as someone whose totally imperfect and who has the potential for failure at any given time, it is imperative for me to keep a journal of my thoughts, feelings, ideas and everything that pours out from my mind and heart. I journal because it keeps me focused on always  living and operating better as well as reminding me to remain humble. I have wrote about things in my journal that to this day still make me blush and scratch my head. Because of this, when I revisit my old journals, I am quickly reminded of how far the Lord brought me and, frankly, reminded of how blessed I am and how I am not deserving of how good I have it. Because I check back on those old journals, I can celebrate my successes and be reminded of my mission.

Keeps My Ideas Balanced

I come up with multiple ideas during the day about multiple things. I wonder sometimes if I’m ADD I come up with so much stuff. But, journaling and writing keeps things focused. Oddly enough, I wasn’t journaling or blogging as much and because of that I was suffering. My Pastor called me out on it (thanks uncle). As he’s always told me, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” So, I got back into journaling in my book and writing down my journey and planning forward and I started seeing things materialize before me. This is SO key for me.

Best Gift Idea

I bet that if you give a significant other or even your kids, grandkids or nieces or nephews or cousins a journal, I bet you they will come up with all kinds of things to write about or even draw.

You might be surprised! They may need it.